Roman Rabinovich

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Praised by The New York Times for his ‘uncommon sensitivity and feeling’, the eloquent pianist Roman Rabinovich was the winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2008. His subsequent career has led him to perform throughout Europe and the USA in venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. He has appeared with orchestras including Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Meininger Hofkapelle, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, KBS Symphony, Prague Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and all the major Israeli orchestras and collaborated with conductors such as and Sir Roger Norrington, Zubin Mehta, Ludovic Morlot, Kristjan Järvi, Gerard Schwarz and Joseph Swensen.

Highlights of Roman Rabinovich’s 2022-23 season include the Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Ludovic Morlot, the Greig Concerto with Edmonton Symphony and Michael Stern, Bach’s d minor Concerto with the NFM Leopoldinum and Joseph Swensen, the Schubert/Liszt ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy with Israel Symphony and Christoph Koenig, Rachmaninov Concerto no. 2 with Punta Gorda Symphony and Mozart’s Concerto K. 488 with Helena Symphony. This season’s recital engagements include Portland Piano International, the Steinway Series at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Philip Lorenz Memorial Piano Series, Maverick Concerts and Music at MoCA Concert Series.

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Dubbed ‘a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word’ (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist with a repertoire spanning six centuries, from Byrd to Boulez and beyond. He has won critical acclaim for interpretations of the music of Haydn. In summer 2016 he embarked upon the Haydn Project, encompassing recital series of Haydn’s complete keyboard sonatas; these have included cycles at the Lammermuir and Bath Festivals in UK and at Chamberfest Cleveland in the US; he has also appeared at the Herbstgold Festival in Eisenstadt, and curated a three-concert Haydn Day at Wigmore Hall. The first two volumes of his complete Haydn Cycle on First Hand Records have been released to critical acclaim, with BBC Music Magazine noting ‘the elegance and liveliness of Rabinovich’s keyboard style are, indeed, a joy to listen to, and his unfailing musicality and inventiveness allows him to penetrate to the expressive heart of Haydn’s world.’

During the 2020-21 global pandemic Rabinovich and his wife violinist Diana Cohen gave a very successful series of free weekly concerts from their front yard in Calgary, Canada. Together, they are co-artistic directors of ChamberFest Cleveland as well as newly inaugurated festival in Calgary, ChamberFest West.

Roman Rabinovich) made his Israel Philharmonic debut under Zubin Mehta aged 10, having immigrated to Israel a year before from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin, he went on to earn his Masters degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald. He was among the first of three young pianists to be championed by Sir András Schiff for his ‘Building Bridges’ series.

Nicolas Papageorgiou (Director)
Aude-Marie Auphan (Director)


Brahms: Piano Concerto no.1 (excerpt)
Szczecin Philharmonic, Philippe Bach, October 2017
Haydn: Presto from Piano Sonata No.35
Tippet Rise Arts Center
Bach: Goldberg Variations (Var.23)
Chamberfest Cleveland, July 2021
Rabinovich: Sonatina
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Nov 2020
Ligeti: Musica Ricercata (excerpts)
Tippett Rise Arts Center, Aug 2019
Schubert: Sonata in C Minor, D.958
Tippett Rise Arts Center, Aug 2019


Concerto List
    • J.S. Bach:
    • Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
      Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

    • Bartok:
    • Concerto No. 2, Sz..95, BB101

    • Beethoven:
    • Concerto No 1, in C major op 15
      Concerto No 2, in B flat major op 19
      Concerto No 3, in c minor op37
      Concerto No 4, in G major op58
      Concerto No 5, in E flat major op73
      Choral Fantasy, op80

    • Brahms:
    • Concerto No 1, in D minor op15

    • Chopin:
    • Concerto No 1, in E minor op11
      Concerto No 2 in F minor op21
      Fantasy on Polish airs, op13

    • Dvorak:
    • Piano Concerto in G minor, op33

    • Franck:
    • Symphonic Variations, M 46

    • Grieg:
    • Concerto in A minor op16

    • Haydn:
    • Concerto in D major

    • Liszt:
    • Concerto No 1, in E flat major
      Concerto No 2, in A major

    • Mendelssohn:
    • Double concerto for violin and piano in D minor
      Concerto No 1, in G minor op 25
      Concerto No 2, in D minor op 40
      Concerto in A minor, MWV O2

    • Mozart:
    • Concerto in B flat major K 238
      Concerto in E flat major K 271 “Jeunehomme”
      Concerto in A major K.414
      Concerto in F major K.459
      Concerto in D minor K.466
      Concerto in C major K 467
      Concerto in E flat minor K.482
      Concerto in A major K.488
      Concerto in C minor K.491
      Concerto in C major K 503
      Concerto in B flat major K.595

    • Prokofiev:
    • Concerto No 1, in D-flat major op10
      Concerto No 2, in G minor op16
      Concerto No 3, in C major op26
      Concerto No 5, G major op55

    • Rachmaninov:
    • Concerto No 2, in C minor op18
      Concerto No 3, in D minor op30
      Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

    • Saint-Saens:
    • Concerto No 2, in G minor op22
      Concerto No 5 in F major, op103

    • Schumann:
    • Concerto in A minor, op.54
      Introduction and Allego Appasionato op.92

    • Shchedrin:
    • Concerto No 2

    • Shostakovich:
    • Concerto No 1, in C minor for piano, trumpet and orchestra op35
      Concerto No.2 in F major, op102

    • Stravinsky:
    • Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
      Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

    • Tchaikovsky:
    • Concerto No 1, in B flat minor
      Concerto No 2, in G major op44

    • Yusupov:
    • Concerto “Intimo” 2007




Roman Rabinovich regularly enhances his performances with his own visual art. He paints, draws and also uses an iPad to create artworks. Rabinovich often provides drawings and paintings for programme booklets and brochures, some of which are featured on this page. Rabinovich’s artwork has been exhibited in the USA and Israel, on CD covers and in booklets, and in the music press.

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